The Core

October 11, 2019, Volume 11, Issue 7

Notes from the Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The fundraising is in, the organizers had it well planned, the weather was amazing, all systems were go ... and our runners were awesome! What a great day, not just for the fun, the community building and fundraising, but also for teaching our students the power of perseverance. We encouraged and supported each student to cross the finish line, whether they ran or walked, to finish and enjoy the cheers! I cannot thank our PTO organizers enough for the massive amount of time and energy they put into this special event.

There are a number of important informational pieces for you to look at:

  1. The district is putting together another informational Master Planning and Visioning Night. Join our district leaders on October 15th for a presentation and discussion. This is really important for all elementary-aged parents!
  2. Our Superintendent, David Young, is sharing a letter on new state statutes on water testing and SBSD's proactive work.

See you at the PTO Meeting and next Friday is an In-Service Day - no school for students!

Happy Indigenous Day on Monday! Have a terrific weekend, take some time to read with your child.

Mark Trifilio

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Updates for Peter Pan Parent Information Meeting - October 16th at 6PM at Orchard School

Registration is LIVE for 4th and 5th grade students. Please make sure to register your child by October 19th. Late registrations will not be accepted. If you need a paper registration form they are available in the front office. 3rd grade chorus registration will take place in early November.

Important Parent meeting October 16th at 6PM at Orchard for all parents of 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students wanting to participate in the production. Please plan to attend if you have an interested actor in your home. We will explain the audition process, rehearsal schedule, volunteer needs and important dates for the show.

Here is the registration link:

Last minute notes on the Fun Run

There is still time to earn entries for the $200 Grand Prize gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods, Flynn Theater tickets, Ski Rack gift cards, Vermont Teddy Bear, Get Air, Lake Monsters Gear and more. Every $25 raised equals 1 additional entry. We will keep the online donations open for one week after the run and pull prize winners on October 19th.

Please have students turn in the fundraising envelopes to classrooms by Monday morning.

Congratulations to all of our runners. Go Orchard Go!

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Here are the links to our sponsors:

Vermont Gas:

Davis Studio:

Vermont National Country Club:

Botanical Bodywork & Beauty:

City Market:

Gazebo Senior Living:


Northfield Savings Bank:

Orange Theory Fitness:

Timberlane Dental:

Vermont Open MRI:


Willard Street Family Dental:

Girlington Garage:

Bento Boxes are back: Chicken or Cheese!

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Repeat Note from our School Counselors

Hello Families,
We sometimes have students in need of good sneakers, either to keep or to use at school. If your family has any extras in sizes 2-9 (K-5) that are in good shape and which you are able to donate, we would welcome them. Please send them in a bag, attention guidance office. We are not planning a school-wide tag sale this year.
Auriel Gray and Aili Beeli

Thanks to for the generous donation of school supplies for students.

News from the PTO

Monday is the next PTO Meeting: Our next PTO meeting is Monday, October 14 at 6:30. Please join us to learn about volunteer opportunities and to learn more about upcoming events.

International Night: This event will take place November 7th from 6-8pm. This biennial event is great way to share cultural ties and helps our community learn about each other. Forms to sign up for a table went home last week. Please return these to the front office to reserve a table, or contact Merin (info below). Volunteers are needed during the event and to help clean up the next morning. Please contact Merin Maxwell at for more information or to volunteer.

Orchard Gear: Please order online (link also available through Konstella) at:

3rd Annual Fun Run! Last-minute donations can be made online until the 18th at:

Square 1 Art is coming soon: During the month of September, your student(s) have worked very hard in art class to create a unique piece of artwork for this year's Square One Project. In a few weeks, your student's custom art catalog will be coming home. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Do you have PTO questions? Please find us online:





Join us for an Informational Night of Master Planning & Visioning

On October 15 at 7 pm in the SBHS library there will be the 2nd community input night on Master Planning and Visioning Concept 5, a new middle school, high school, and athletic center. We had a good turnout at the last forum, but we would love to see even more participation. It's a great, low key venue in which to ask questions about the design directly to the Dore and Whittier Architects!

People are encouraged to check out the master planning and visioning portion of the district website in advance to get a feel for what has been happening. Here is a link to the latest:

Quick Pics from Today's Fun Run!

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